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    Hi - I don't have a bulldog yet, but hope to adopt a rescue and or do foster care. Way back when i was in college I had a fox terrier that developed severe allergies to the point that his skin would actually peel off. The vet had him on prednizone and sulfur baths. After much trial and error I found that he was reacting to any processed or canned meat, even human food. I cooked chicken or horse meat and rice for him and added veggies. This solved the problem and he lived allergy free to the age of 16.

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    Hi Sharon,
    good luck and try a rescue, they are needing a loving home, and by the time you adopt--the foster folks have gotten any issues, solved, and behavior/allergies figured out and gotten the dog on the road to a healthy life. at the rescues expense! rather than yours. and as a foster mom of 10 yrs now. the cost of VETS or flying dogs out of allergy prone states, not to mention months of behavior modification. what we do also is socialize all dogs. to make sure they are never in situations that would rattle them into a fight or flight situation that they weren't mentally able to deal with .
    as for the food--- this is why I tell folks that -the human body can cope with all those preservatives a whole lot better with no outward sign of reaction to the chemicals in processing foods , than dogs can !!!
    And if we all ate the way dogs should-------fresh meat{quality} if possible anymore!! fruit and veggies, and a bit of complex carbs. we would all be very healthy.
    and yes it is not the human food that is bad, for dogs, it is the bad human food that is!!
    beef has now got ammonia in all of it to keep it from smelling and turning bad sooner, chicken has got salmonella by the bunches, our fish are farmed and full of PCB. the pork is fed melamine to speed up growth , also I forgot - the chickens are fed arsenic to also stimulate growth , oh yes they did say they would promise to discontinue that , it is so bad that the only way to feed good meat and veggies is to grow it your self!!! sad!! so many of us in rescue are doing just that.
    I am glad to hear that you took it into your hands to make the food yourself!! ALWAYS remember to add the vitamins and calcium to the food, I work very closely with my vet {who is a great one} he recommends a liquid children s vitamins{it digests much more readily than a pill, BY 50%} and a powdered bone meal , from the health food store, your vet can work with you on the amount. I was feeding my 50 lbrs 1/2 tsp vitamins a day, but do work with your vet .
    and don't forget the 50/50 % water vinegar solution for ears and paws/bottoms to prevent yeast. 2x a week. good food,clean face/bottoms daily , weekly baths with an non soap bath .{earthbath is a great one} they also have orange peel to repel fleas, aloe vera , and oatmeal too, as well as great smells too. I mix several to achieve a great mix. you should stay out of the vets a lot. sometimes I don't go near one for a year or more. if any meds are balanced.

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    Ten years ago when I lived in St. Pete, FL the man next door bred English Bulldogs. His dogs looked fantastic and were not soft but muscular and hard. Since I owned dogs at the time, I asked what he fed them. He told me he only feeds his bullies raw beef heart and boiled potatos with some supplements like cold liver oil, kelp, and bone meal. I never tried this diet on my dogs but I can tell you they looked and acted very good. One day, if I get a bulldog I will give it a try. I was that impressed.

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    well so am I ---Keep in mind that was a few years back, we have learned a few more things. and sadly some of them aren't good.
    if you trust your raw food source 100%, go ahead and feed raw.{they can get e-coli & salmonella as we can} if not ---- don't feed raw!!!!! ( BUT ----don't cook -high temp or a long time)--- WILD CAUGHT salmon oil, (no PCB"S) Grizzly is a good brand.shipped directly to you.-- and fruit and veggies, (except for onions-raisins/grapes) they are very good for them . AND DON'T FORGET the vitamins.-- children's liquid digest 2x as good as pills.(talk to your vet for portions)
    he got this right- meat, carbs, use anything but white potatoes, wasted carb, use yams,sweet potatoes, with peels of coarse. way more fiber.!!!!rice only if tummy upset,for digestibility.

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    well so am I ---Keep in mind that was a few years back, we have learned a few more things. and sadly some of them aren't good.
    if you trust your raw food source 100%, go ahead and feed raw.{they can get e-coli & salmonella as we can} if not ---- don't feed raw!!!!! ( BUT ----don't cook -high temp or a long time)--- WILD CAUGHT salmon oil, (no PCB"S) Grizzly is a good brand.shipped directly to you.-- and fruit and veggies, (except for onions-raisins/grapes) they are very good for them . AND DON'T FORGET the vitamins.-- children's liquid digest 2x as good as pills.(talk to your vet for portions)
    he got this right- meat, carbs, use anything but white potatoes, wasted carb, use yams,sweet potatoes, with peels of coarse. way more fiber.!!!!rice only if tummy upset,for digestibility.

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    So many of the brands that vets recommend are really not quality foods. And remember, good food also means treats...I know so many that feed an excellent quality food then toss their bullie a milkbone! There's some awesome grain-free treats available now too. I always treat with real fruits and veggies when I can though.
    We feed all our rescue dogs Canidae. They have a grain free formula, which is great. Taste of the Wild is also grain free and highly recommended. I have also heard some good things about Blue Buffalo but am not as familiar with it.
    Raw diet is truly the best, but it is time consuming and more expensive. I'm in the process of switching Champ to raw diet. He's been on Canidae with real meats, veggies, and fruits as a supplement, but I really think raw is the way to go. I think I'm going to start with Sojo's. I've heard some good things about it, has anyone else? It's easy for "beginners" of the raw diet Here's the info on it:
    SOJOS COMPLETE DOG FOOD MIX is a wholesome GRAIN-FREE pre-mix that you simply combine with water to create your own fresh, homemade pet food. Made with USDA freeze-dried raw Turkey and other all-natural ingredients:
    Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, USDA Turkey, Whole Eggs, Broccoli, Celery, Apples, Flax Meal, Pecans, Tricalcium Phosphate, Pumpkin, Cranberries, Basil, Dried Alfalfa, Ginger Root, Dried Kelp, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E, Vitamin D2 Supplement
    1 lb. of SOJOS COMPLETE makes approximately 6.5 lbs. of fresh, raw dog food. Click here for more info.
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude protein 22.0% min., crude fat 8.0% min., crude fiber 5.1% max., moisture 12.3% max.
    Calories: per cup = 480.8 Kcals

    - -Champ's Mom

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    PS Here's an awesome book to check out:

    Foods Pets Die for by Ann N. Martin

    And if you're crunched for time like we all are (altho it's a short easy read and cheap off of amazon) here's a good link to get an excerpt of it...

    http://www.homevet.com/petcare/foodbook.html

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    we started feeding Horse Nature's Logic Lamb about a week ago and have already noticed a difference in his general itchiness and his face is way less red, he also has way fewer stools (he was going about 6 times a day!). So far, I'm thinking we've found the right food! It's amazing to me how much of a difference a good quality food can make!

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    When I got Bertie she was eating Science Diet Puppy formula. I switched her over to Wellness Puppy she seems to really like it alot. My cocker spaniel is on Wellness Core...he's been on it for about a year...Bertie eats it whenever she can sneak into his food bowl!

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    I've always feed my dogs Canidae (I think I'm spelling it right). I had a boxer before who had no problems on it, and Momo doesn't seem to have problems with it, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Champ View Post
    PS Here's an awesome book to check out:

    Foods Pets Die for by Ann N. Martin

    And if you're crunched for time like we all are (altho it's a short easy read and cheap off of amazon) here's a good link to get an excerpt of it...

    http://www.homevet.com/petcare/foodbook.html

    OMG!!!!!!! That is disgusting!!!! What they consider "meat".... Yep, so glad we are going with good dog food from here on out! You should see Molly, she looks like a million bucks! A week ago she looked terrible.

    We switched her to Avoderm. When I went to petsmart a couple of days ago they said Avoderm was going out of business and they were selling it out. Is this true or are they just not going to carry it?

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    an interesting read 4 sure!! I just changed over to Wellnes reduced fat core dog food..I'm hoping to knock 10 to 15 pounds off her..11 months and 68 pounds..

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